Thursday 19 October 2017 / 04:37 PM

The Captains’ Run – Nov 28

Baylor, Baylor, Baylor…oh my. The Cowboys win in Stillwater wasn’t unpredicted, this column included, however I am not sure too many saw the 30+ point, good ol’ fashioned walloping’ that came Bears’ way. So, as a consequence, the Chief Wrangler himself Clint Chelf, has made the Bears’ run at the National Championship redundant and also has Pokes’ fans wondering what could have been had the game against the Mountaineers early in the season ended a little differently.

The only game this weekend to pose a threat to the National Championship status quo of a Alabama v Florida State matchup, is the outcome of the Iron Bowl where the Tide will travel down the road to meet the Tigers. Should Auburn get up, two questions will need answering: 1) WIll the kids at Auburn roll in toilet paper now that the famous 130 year old oaks have been removed from Toomers Corner? 2). What on earth will Nick Saban do to fill his time? The Gators will have no answer for Florida State, providing Winston plays, which at this point seems likely; his situation though is looking all the more worrying as the days pass.

Overall this weekend is full of great games – rivalry round will ensure quality viewing and due to Thanksgiving the matches begin Friday Australian time. It’s also the final full weekend of the season, with only a handful of matches next week before we start to get into the bowl games. So on that note let’s see if we can finish the season on a high.

 

The Rewind

Brett Hundley, who I have shown so much confidence in all year, along with the seemingly resurgent Bruins, let us down at the weekend. There were mistakes, there were opportunities, and there was a tension-building comeback from an all too typical slow Bruin start. Well, lets not dwell on it, other than to say when it was there to be won the boys from LA couldn’t get the job done. They, and I, will learn from this.

The Spartans keep on showing up; their match against the Buckeyes in a few weeks for Big 10 supremacy is going to be a beauty. Mizzou got over Ole Miss to stay on track, keeping their noses in front of South Carolina, but will have another test this week against Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel who will be hoping to recover from his Heisman stumble in last week’s collapse against LSU. And then there was Baylor; well we all know what happened there. To be fair it was a good weekend of picks. Let’s go one better.

Attention Seekers.

There is so much going on it’s hard to pull out the must see’s. From the top ten, the obvious is Alabama v Auburn, but there is also the massive game at Columbia – South Carolina up against old rivals Clemson. The Mizzou v Texas A&M match up will be fascinating, look for Johnny Manziel to get his Heisman hopes back on track, heading back to College Station with a win will be a huge achievement. ‘The Game’ in Ann Arbor and the battle for LA, are other match ups worth checking out; the atmosphere and on show by the passionate, half boozed students will be wicked.

Where Are The Biscuits?

(Friday morning Australian time)

Mississippi at Mississippi State

Ole Miss at -4.5 is a good thing and will get the weekend started off on the right note. Bo Wallace should have no problem guiding his Rebels past the Bulldogs. Take the -4.5 for Ole Miss to get it done on the road.

(Saturday morning Austalian time)

Arkansas at LSU

LSU had a comprehensive win last weekend at home shutting down the talented Manziel and the A&M offense. The Tiger defense was outstanding last week; they will have it easier this week. Coming off a 24-point win, Mettenberger, Hill, Landry, and Beckham all firing, the spread here will be covered before half time. I really enjoy watching this team play football. LSU by -24.5.

(Sunday morning Australian time)

Ohio State at Michigan

Ohio State have been blocking out, taping over and covering up every M that can be found in Columbus this week. Meanwhile the 110,000 that show up on Saturday to The Big House will be hoping the Wolverines can pull off the upset of the season, unfortunately they won’t. Ohio will win and continue to push their case for a National Championship appearance. The Buckeyes by -16.

 

Minnesota at Michigan State

The Spartans return home this week after two good road wins, that will have some at Ohio State already plotting how to get around this ‘wall-like’ defense the Spartans will bring in a few weeks. Langford will get a bunch more yards this game; Michigan State can sniff a Rose Bowl. Spartans by – 14.5.

Clemson at South Carolina

This will be a belter. It will come down to two people; Tahj Boyd and Jadevon Clowney. Boyd has the ability and talent to control this game; Clowney is the one who needs to stop him. While not having the season he did last year bodes well for the Tigers, we know what a devastating impact he can have on a game. Boyd will be wary of him all night, but the Clemson QB will cement his legacy in a close one. Clemson +5.

Texas A&M at Missouri

Missouri will seal its SEC Title game in this one. This is James Franklin’s chance to test himself against one of the best College QB’s. Both teams can score points, but behind the run of the Tigers and lack of Aggie defense, Missouri can start planning for their matchup against Alabama (or Auburn). Johnny Manziel can look forward to Sunday Football. Mizzou by -4.5.

The multi at $10 will get you just under $500.

OT

I could have put 12 legs in this. Texas Tech and Miami will get back into the winners circle. Duke will keep impressing at UNC. Long suffering Wildcats fans will finally have something to cheer about against Illinois. FSU will attend another clinic and Stanford will warm up for the PAC 12 Title game with a routing of Notre Dame. Don’t be surprised if the Auburn ground game gets the Tigers home.

Go well.

Note: The preceding ramblings should be treated as such. Odds may change.

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